Yesterday, WikiLeaks released an explosive cache of documents revealing the full extent of the CIA's alleged hacking abilities. While most focused on how the CIA could allegedly hack into phones and other smart devices with ease, one story that hasn't gotten as much press is how CIA hackers seem to love their Pokemon.
According to CNET, nearly one-third of the CIA's hacking tools for Android devices are named after Pokemon. One exploit named Dugtrio was used to remotely access certain Android phones, while an exploit named after Spearow could be used to bypass a phone's security and gain access to private information.
Other Pokemon mentioned in the Wikileaks files include Lugia, Starmie, Totodile, Flaaffy, Steelix, and Snubbull.
The Pokemon franchise wasn't the only source of inspiration for CIA hackers. CNET reported that one particularly dangerous hacking tool, which could turn Samsung SmartTVs into CIA listening devices, were named after the Weeping Angels of Doctor Who fame.
The CIA (as per their policy) has not commented on the authenticity of the WikiLeaks documents, but if they are accurate, it appears that some of the CIA's top hackers are major Pokemon fans even when they're not probing personal devices for potential vulnerabilities.